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Blueshift International Materials was founded in 2013. As pioneers in the advanced materials industry, Blueshift created AeroZero, the revolutionary polymer aerogel. With precision and mastery, it provides a wide range of performance properties to serve not only as a composite material, but to empower innovative product design.

Contact: Ken Koldan, ken.koldan@blueshiftmaterials.com

Website: www.blueshiftmaterials.com


MicroPower was set-up in 2008 to develop cutting­-edge technology in the area of thermoelectrics, and plans to market its energy and cost saving devices across the world. The MicroPower Chip is a new solid-state semiconductor without moving parts, which converts heat directly into electricity three times more efficiently than previously possible. Micro Power's technology can be applied across a wide range of settings, from microgeneration and portable power applications, to waste heat recovery on an industrial scale.

Contact: Tom Zirkle, tom@micropower-global.com or Ed Sadjadi, ed@micropower-global.com

Website: http://micropower-global.com/


Paratus Diagnostics is a point of care diagnostic company initially developing a small, low cost FDA approved portfolio of products suitable for use in a doctor's office or clinic for the rapid detection of the cause of such common ailments as respiratory infections, gastrointestinal diseases, urinary tract infections or sexually transmitted diseases. Future products will address diagnosis of possible acts of bio-terrorism for defense and homeland security applications as well as products to detect tropic diseases for use by nonprofits in the developing world.

Contact: John Carranco, jcarrano@paratusdiagnostics.com

Website: http://www.paratusdiagnostics.com/


PetaOmics., Inc. is a life sciences firm focused on functional genomics, epigenomics, and DNA methylation sequencing. The company is developing innovative approaches that facilitate the epigenetic analysis of human cells, which are applicable to all human cell types. The company will commercialize reagent kits designed to enable ground-breaking experiments in genomics and epigenomics. Some of the new research approaches enabled by PetaOmics kits and related technologies will facilitate the study, from an epigenetic standpoint, of chronic, complex diseases such as autoimmunity and the metabolic syndrome. Information generated using PetaOmics technologies will be of value for biomedical research, pharmaceutical drug discovery, and development of diagnostic tests.

Prior to founding PetaOmics, Dr. Paul Lizardi was a Professor of Pathology at Yale University. He is the primary inventor named on 25 issued patents which collectively have been licensed to over 80 commercial entities. In the year 2006 Dr. Lizardi was named by the Journal Nature Biotechnology in their short list of the 75 most influential scientists in life science technology development.

Contact: Dr. Brent Ferguson, brent.ferguson@petaomics.com


The 21st Century will be The Quantum Dot Era. The ability of mass producing Quantum Dot products for fulfilling needs from various commercial applications is clearly a game changer. High quality, high quantity and lowest price quantum dots will increase the rate of change and new products will cascade into the marketplace once manufacturers learn to integrate higher efficiency/ luminescence quantum dots into their products. This level of change represents a new paradigm that will create new industries, products, and jobs in science and industry. The list of possible quantum dot applications is ever expanding.

Contact: Steve Squires, ssquires@qamdots.com

Website: http://www.qmcdots.com/

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STAR One hosts Student Entrepreneurial Teams pursuing potential commercialization of new products, process, and services. Three student startups have been selected to participate.


The primary mission of the Advanced Polymers and Nanomaterials Laboratory (APNL) is to provide user facilities for a broad range of polymers projects in the sciences and engineering, enhancements of the pedagogical experience of students in commercially important research and development topics with commercial scale equipment, further the goals for Texas State University as an emerging research University. The facility is available to all Texas State University faculty, students, and external users who have a relationship with Texas State University.

Contact: Dr. Clois E Powell
Dir, Adv. Polymers/Nanomaterials Lab
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Office: (512) 245-8474
E-mail:cp21@txstate.edu